Big changes, dramatic results

We’ve just completed the first phase of this renovation in West Chester, and I’m excited to share the changes so far.  In the foyer, we went big and bold with a new, 60″ diameter light fixture in crystal and nickel.  To add to the drama, we painted the walls a medium green/gray, added a beefy crown molding and decorative boxes with a silvery damask paper inside.  We will finish off the space with a silver-leafed chest and a new rug.  (Will post when the chest comes in).

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In the family room, we added a window to balance the architecture.  We modernized the fireplace by removing the raised hearth and installing stone from floor to ceiling.  We added a beam to the ceiling, and replaced the fan with a simple chandelier.  The large wall was outfitted with large boxes and a gray linen paper.  Simple, sheer blue/gray drapes were hung to soften the look and make the room more cozy.  Our plan is to fill the room with new furniture pieces that better fit the size of the space.

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Family Room-Before

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Family Room-After

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Family Room-Before

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Family Room-After

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Family Room Concept-3D View


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Large foyer walls II

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In a previous blog, I showed some pictures of large foyer wall designs.  This house had the same issue, but this client wanted something very simple and understated, so we only did one large “box” on each wall and painted the inside the same color as the rest of the wall.  It was just enough to fill that space without making it busy or heavy looking.

Large Foyer Walls

If you have a home with a two-story foyer, you may have contemplated whether or not to somehow “decorate” those large, bare walls. If you are ready to take the plunge, but are not sure exactly what to do, consider these options:
-You can use ogee molding to break up the space in various sized and shaped “boxes”, and either paint or paper inside the boxes, or leave them plain.
-A more expensive option would be to have wood paneling applied. A design would need to be drawn up, and a professional craftsman would then make the pieces and install them.
-If you would rather keep it simple and put some art work on the walls, there are many options that are inexpensive yet interesting. Let it express your taste and who you are. When shopping, consider the size of the wall, and have the artwork fill a good portion of it, otherwise it will look lost on the wall. The three pieces shown here were taken out of the client’s master bedroom since the colors no longer worked in there. How wonderful that they found a great new home!

Three generous-sized pieces fill the large wall.

Three generous-sized pieces fill the large wall.

Traditional "boxes" can add a little bit of interest to plain walls.

Traditional “boxes” can add a little bit of interest to plain walls.